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Baseball Insider: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

One-Year Deals For 30 Or Older?

As the market continues to fail to materialize for older superstars -- Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Orlando Hudson, Bobby Abreu, Jason Varitek and Orlando Cabrera primary among them -- there's legitimate skepticism about whether any team will step up and offer multiple-year deals for players who are 30 years or...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 24, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Pitching Security Plans: Mets, Rangers, and TBD

Last year the Red Sox signed Bartolo Colon on a low-risk contract, convincing the former Cy Young winner that one season of impressive results would help him net a better deal the next year. They were right to an extent; Colon's deal with the White Sox is slightly improved over...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 23, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mets , Rangers  
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Is Ryan Howard Worth $18 Million?

If you asked Michael Scott, or certainly Kelly Kapoor, that very question, there is little doubt they would answer, "No, Ryan Howard is worth nowhere near that much money." But we're talking about a different Ryan Howard. We're talking about the hulking, slugging, often whiffing, defensively bungling first baseman for...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 23, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Brewers, Fielder Reach Two-Year Deal

Hard to report more optimistic news after a crusher like Dave's last post, but news breaks when news breaks. In this case, news consists of a deal between Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers, with the two sides coming to an agreement for two-years and $18 million. The contract details...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 22, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Brewers  
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Ex-Big Leaguer Werber Passes Away at 100

Bill Werber, the College Park native and McKinley Tech alum who was the oldest living ex-major leaguer, died peacefully today in Charlotte, N.C. at the age of 100, according to his son. Werber was the last remaining ex-teammate of Babe Ruth. He played 11 seasons in the majors, including parts...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 22, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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McGwire's Brother: "I Introduced Mark to Steroids"

Occasionally, the blogosphere really does break the biggest news. That appears to be the case in the latest significant steroids development, where slugger Mark McGwire's younger brother, Jay, is now claiming that he introduced Mark to steroids in a memoir manuscript that he's shopping to publishers. In the details contained...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 22, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cardinals  
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With Ausmus Gone, Padres Sign Blanco

Well, there you go. Just hours after officially missing out on Brad Ausmus, the man San Diego had targeted to become their backup catcher, the Padres turned around and signed Henry Blanco to fill the same role. Blanco agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with San Diego, where he'll back...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dodgers , Padres  
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Dodgers Sign Brad Ausmus

Just a day after reaching an agreement with Russell Martin on the largest contract for a catcher in his first year of arbitration eligibility, the Dodgers shored up their catching by adding veteran backstop Brad Ausmus. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Ausmus's new deal is for a single year...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dodgers , Padres  
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Update: Werth's New Deal

Earlier today Jayson Werth reached an agreement on a vague, multi-year contract. Well, the contract wasn't so vague to him, it was just vague to the rest of us. Well, thanks to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, his new contract is for two-years and $10 million. The two year deal is...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Phillies  
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Is Jeff Kent a Hall-of-Famer?

Just got word from the Dodgers that veteran second baseman Jeff Kent plans on announcing his retirement tomorrow at a news conference at Dodger Stadium. This has been an extremely harsh winter for older free agents -- right, Mr. Griffey? -- and Kent has now taken the path chosen a...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 21, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Update: Even More Arbitration Numbers

Yup, you guessed it: Even more numbers are out. Here are the late night additions. Both George Sherrill's case out in Baltimore and Jayson Werth in Philadelphia are fascinating. Here are the five most recent cases out there ... at least as of the moment: Pitcher George Sherrill (wants $3.4M,...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 3:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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To Arbitrate, Or Not To

Time's up agents and GM, hand over your figures. Over the past 24 hours, hosts of players have avoided arbitration by coming to terms on one-year (or, occasionally longer) deals with their incumbent teams. Who, you ask? Well, here's some of the big names: Jonathan Papelbon ($6.25M), Bobby Jenks ($5.6M),...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 20, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Brewers , Diamondbacks , Dodgers , Mariners , Phillies , Pirates , Red Sox , Tigers , White Sox , Yankees  
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Tuesday Triple Play: Orioles, Markakis, Free Agents

1. It's good to see a team take the unused money they had earmarked for a special free agent, who ultimately signed elsewhere, and use it in another productive way. I'm speaking, of course, about the Orioles, who reportedly locked up right fielder Nick Markakis to a six-year deal worth...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 20, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Update: Markakis Deal IS Done

UPDATE: According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiac, the deal is, in fact, done now. It's for six-years, $66 million, and will be finalized when Markakis takes his physical later this week in Baltimore. A quick update on the Nick Markakis extension situation: The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck is reporting...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 19, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Phillies Sign Madson to Three-Year Extension

The World Series champion Phillies have as many key stars heading into full-blown arbitration as any team, but they took care of one of them this morning, signing reliever Ryan Madson to a three-year deal. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jim Salisbury, the deal is worth $12 million with incentives...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 19, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Phillies  
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Orioles Trade Olson For Pie, Near Markakis Deal

Forget rest, the Orioles have spent the weekend wheeling and dealing. According to multiple sources, Baltimore traded Garrett Olson, one of the team's most attractive (performance-related, I don't feel qualified to judge Olson's physical attractiveness) and emerging pitchers, to the Cubs for outfielder Felix Pie. The Orioles also included Single...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 18, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Cubs , Orioles  
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Hamels Signs Extension With Phillies

Coming off the most impressive postseason possible, a year in which he earned both NLCS and World Series MVP awards, starting pitcher Cole Hamels could have taken the Phillies to arbitration and held out for a future pay day. Instead, he decided to take the money he could now. According...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 18, 2009; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Phillies  
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